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  • Grant Contacts

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    Kawartha Conservation has a number of grants available to the public.

    Some grants are municipality-specific, and others are specific to area within the watershed.

    Below is a list of the grants currently available and details and application forms.

    For more information abou these grants or about our Stewardship opportunities and programming, contact Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 705.328.2271 ext. 240.

  • Kawartha Lakes Landowner Stewardship Grant

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    CKL Landowner Stewardship Grant

    Through the CKL Landowner Stewardship Grant, we provide financial assistance to property owners to undertake projects which contribute to the health of local water resources including the Kawartha Lakes and their watersheds. Projects must be completed on land within the City of Kawartha Lake.
    The program is funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes and administered by Kawartha Conservation.

    The goal of the CKL Landowner Stewardship Grant is to address issues identified in Lake Management Plans , including:

    • Contaminated urban and agricultural runoff
    • Extensive erosion on lakeshores and stream banks
    • Poorly functioning septic systems around the lake
    • Loss of natural cover along shorelines and stream banks

    Eligible projects

    Projects categories and priorities have been identified in the Kawartha Conservation - Lake Management Implementation Action Plan.  Each project submitted will be evaluated for its potential to positively affect the health of a lake. Acceptable expenses, subject to approval, may include construction materials, licensed contractor and/or licensed technician fees, permit fees, design fees, native plant stock in conjunction with erosion control and urban runoff control projects, and other amounts as determined by the Project Review Committee.

    Agricultural Stewardship

    • Livestock Fencing
    • Manure Management
    • Barnyard Eavestroughs
    • Tile Drain Control Boxes
    • Agricultural Erosion Control Structures
    • Fuel and Chemical Management

    Shoreline Stewardship

    • Shoreline Naturalization
    • Shoreline Erosion Control
    • Private Septic System Upgrade
    • Aquatic Plant Management

    Urban Stewardship

    • Rain Gardens
    • Urban naturalization
    • Urban Trees
    • Rain Water Harvesting
    • Urban Stormwater BMPs

    Rural Stewardship

    • Well Upgrades & Maintenance
    • Well Decommission
    • Residential Fuel Management
    • Private Septic System Upgrade


    Other innovative ideas which contribute to lake and watershed health may be considered.
    To be eligible, Kawartha Conservation must conduct a site visit before the project begins. Projects that are completed or which have started prior to submitting an application and receiving a site visit are not eligible for funding.  Options may be considered for uncompleted projects with prior approval by the Environmental Farm Plan.  For more details on the eligibility guidelines and eligible costs see page 5 of the application.

    Eligible Region

    All proposed projects must be within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

    To Participate


    To participate in the CKL Landowner Stewardship Grant program, please follow the following steps:

    1. Download the application form DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM
    2. Review the eligibility guidelines on page 5 of the form
    3. Prior to project commencement, schedule a site visit by contacting a stewardship staff member. 

      For Rural and Agricultural Projects – contact Emily Johnston, 705.328.2271 ext. 242 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      For Shoreline and Urban Projects – contact Holly Shipclark, 705.328.2271 ext. 240 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    *Note:   you may commence your project anytime following your initial site visit, but funding approval is not guaranteed until you have received notification in writing from Kawartha Conservation.   Kawartha Conservation will be able to advise you about the expected time frame for project review.  

    1. Submit a completed application.
    2. If your project is approved for funding, a staff member will contact you to complete a Landowner Agreement.  
    3. Submit a completed Landowner Agreement to Kawartha Conservation.
    4. Complete your project within by the timeframe indicated on your
  • Scugog WATER Fund

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    Through the Scugog WATER Fund, we provide financial assistance to property owners who undertake projects that contribute to the health of Lake Scugog and its watershed, within the area outlined on the map below. WATER stands for Water And Terrain Environmental Restoration.

    Eligible region

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    The program, funded by the Region of Durham, is administered by Kawartha Conservation.

    The goal of the Scugog WATER Fund is to address issues affecting Lake Scugog, including:

    • Contaminated urban and agricultural runoff
    • Extensive erosion on lakeshores and stream banks
    • Poorly functioning septic systems around the lake
    • Loss of natural cover along shorelines and stream banks

    Eligible projects and grant ceilings

    Projects are evaluated for their potential to positively affect the health of the Lake Scugog watershed. Acceptable expenses, subject to approval, may include construction materials, licensed contractor and/or licensed technician fees, permit fees, design fees, native plant stock in conjunction with erosion control and urban runoff control projects, and other amounts as determined by the Scugog WATER Fund Review Committee.  Other innovative ideas which contribute to the health of Lake Scugog and its watershed may be considered.

    To be eligible, Kawartha Conservation must conduct a site visit before the project begins. Projects that are completed or which have started prior to submitting an application and receiving a site visit are not eligible for funding.  Options may be considered for uncompleted projects with prior approval by the Environmental Farm Plan.  For more details on the eligibility guidelines and eligible costs see page 4 of the application.

    To find out which projects are best suited for your location, choose from the following categories:

    • On the Shore
    • In Town
    • On the Farm
    • In the Country

    Shorelines are critical to the ecological health of lakes and rivers. Shoreline stewardship actions can reduce the impact of on-the-shore land-use and protect water quality in Lake Scugog. You can contribute to the health of your shoreline by reducing the nutrients and contaminants entering the watershed, reducing erosion and sedimentation, and creating habitat for native species. The following projects are eligible for funding:

    Eligible Projects Percent Covered Grant Ceiling
    Shoreline Erosion Control/Naturalization  50%  $ 2,000
    Improving riparian areas to prevent shoreline erosion by planting native riparian buffers and/or bioengineering shorelines
     Private Septic System Upgrades  50% $ 4,000
    Upgrades to existing septic systems within 100m of surface water
    Well Decommissioning 100% $ 500
    Retire old or unused wells which are a potential threat to groundwater from contamination
    Well Upgrades and Maintenance 50% $ 1,000
    Upgrades may include new well caps, well pit removals, annular seals, or other maintenance items that will help protect groundwater

    Impermeable surfaces in urban areas produce large amounts of runoff during storm events. This runoff can pick up oil, gas, fertilizer, and other contaminants found in cities, and carry them directly into local waterbodies. You can help slow down water and keep these pollutants from entering Lake Scugog by planting native species and using permeable surfaces. Through the Scugog WATER Fund, cost-sharing opportunities are available for implementing the following best management practices:

     Eligible Projects  Percent Covered  Grant Ceiling
     Preventing Urban Runoff
     50%  $ 2,000
    Rain Harvesting systems, bioswales, rain gardens, green roofs, and permeable surfaces will all help prevent urban runoff. 
     Planting Native Trees & Shrubs  50% $ 2,000 
    Increase infiltration and slow water runoff by planting riparian buffers along watercourses or adding native species to a raingarden
    Well Decommissioning 100% $ 500
    Retire old or unused wells which are a potential threat to groundwater from contamination
    Well Upgrades and Maintenance 50% $ 1,000
    Upgrades may include new well caps, well pit removals, annular seals, or other maintenance items that will help protect groundwater

    Agricultural land makes up about 50% of the Kawartha Watershed, and due to this large land area, there is potential for significant impact on watershed health. By implementing agricultural best management practices, you can help sustain rural communities, keep Lake Scugog healthy, and protect the local economy. The following actions are eligible for cost-sharing benefits:

     Eligible Projects  Percent Covered  Grant Ceiling
     Restricting livestock access to water courses

     50%  $ 8,000
    Installing fencing that restricts livestock access and using remote watering systems will help keep contaminants from entering water courses
    Managing manure to prevent contamination
     50% $ 8,000 
    Manage contaminated runoff by repairing or upgrading manure structure or install new structures
    Diverting clean runoff 50% $ 1,000
    Prevent clean runoff from reach sources of contamination, such as livestock yards and manure storage, by installing eavestrough, ditching, berms, or filter strips
    Planting Native Trees & Shrubs 50% $ 2,000
    Reforest a piece of land for wildlife habitat or control wind erosion with a treed windbreak or shelterbelt
    Well Decommissioning 100% $ 500
    Retire old or unused farm wells which are a potential threat to groundwater from contamination
    Well Upgrades and Maintenance 50% $ 1,000
    Upgrades may include new well caps, well pit removals, annular seals, or other maintenance items that will help protect groundwater 

    Maintaining natural heritage sites across the rural landscape is an important part of promoting watershed health. Connecting forested areas promotes biodiversity, creates wildlife habitat, stores carbon, and improves air and water quality. You can help protect Lake Scugog and surrounding ecosystems through reforestation and by implementing the following actions:

    Eligible Projects  Percent Covered  Grant Ceiling
    Shoreline Erosion Control/Naturalization
     50% $ 2,000
    Improving riparian areas to prevent streambank erosion and restore stream structure by planting native riparian buffers
    Planting Native Trees & Shrubs  50% $ 2,000 
    Reforest a piece of land for wildlife habitat or control wind erosion with a treed windbreak or shelterbelt, on a property at least 2 acres
    Well Decommissioning 100% $ 500
    Retire old or unused wells which are a potential threat to groundwater from contamination
    Well Upgrades and Maintenance 50% $ 1,000
    Upgrades may include new well caps, well pit removals, annular seals, or other maintenance items that will help protect groundwater

    Eligible Region

    All proposed projects must be within the Kawartha Conservation watershed in Durham Region, indicated in light yellow on the map below.

  • CKL Lake Plan Implementation Community Grant

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    The Lake Plan Implementation Community Grant helps community groups implement recommendations from Lake Management Plans within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

    This Program allows for individual groups to identify projects that are meaningful to them and their communities, while also directly implementing the recommendations set out by the Lake Management Plans.

    Proposals may include the following:

    • Brochure printing/distribution
    • Educational Event/Workshop
    • Restoration Project
    • Demonstration Site
    • Community Planting Event
    • Urban Stormwater Management
    • Aquatic Plant Management
    • Invasive Species Management
    • Lake Health Monitoring
    • Reforestation
    • Urban Stormwater BMPs
    • Other implementation initiatives

    DOWNLOAD COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATION

    Please call 705.328.2271 ext. 240 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about participating.

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